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SkyDrive's file and folder listings are much more dense with information than their Dropbox counterparts. You can filter the list, showing only photos or documents, for example, using links in the left pane.
The information under the Shared With heading makes it easy to see whether a folder is public, shared with some people, or completely private. Those four small icons above the Files list--Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote--offer a hint of what's supported in the Office Web Apps.
Microsoft released the long-awaited utility that connects Windows Explorer to a SkyDrive account so that files can automatically be synced. Like Dropbox, SkyDrive lets you choose where to create your local folder for sync purposes. It then adds a shortcut in the navuigation pane.
The green checkmark overlay shows synced files, which otherwise look and act exactly as if they were stored only locally.
Like its competition, SkyDrive syncs the contents of a single folder and its subfolders. But unlike either Dropbox or Google Drive, SkyDrive allows you to browse the file system of a connected PC. If your remote PC is on and this option is enabled, you can browse its file system and retrieve files you left behind, even if they're stored outside your synced folder.
This "Fetch" option is enabled by default. You can disable it during setup, or afterwards by right-clicking the SkyDrive icon in the taskbar, opening the Settings dialog box, and clear =ing the "Fetch files" option.